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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Sep 12, 2011 4:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sun Ra Doc.

This was a well done documentary,having seen a few it covers a lot of ground for 1 hour,and does a good job on the basics. I would have loved to have seen him in the late 60's/early 70's,but my first experience was around 81' and it was very powerful,the music was far more psychedelic than any GD music I had witnessed.Sitting a few feet from his keyboards in a small club watching him attack his music was a unique experience,listening to the band go from a Sun Ra space composition into Autumn in New York into a Disney medley was just beautiful.I saw the Arkestra as often as I could until he died and they never ceased to capture my imagination and give it all they had.He was crazy as a loon,but he was a singular genius,a brilliant pianist and a keyboardist for the ages.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtHmqbnuZQs
A particularly raucous outing.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 12, 2011 5:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sun Ra Doc.

It's amazing to hear him into free jazz (I don't know what else to call it), then he riffs off some Count Basie or Duke.
On the vid, @ 2:44, I've never seen someone use a carpet sample as a 'slide' before. Then an chair! Or the drummer using one of his cymbals as a drumstick, or later the chair again as his whole kit. (That chair got the crap beat out of it.) What year was that recorded? '70 -'73? The audience seemed stunned.

In the doc. I like the quote near the beginning. "Look beyond this shit. Look beyond this horseshit from television and this limited imagery. Think bigger than this. Black people think about space. Fuck the ghetto, think about space."

I think D. has your email. I'm going to ask him to send you mine. You're some cool beans.

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